Common Examples of
Wage Theft in Illinois
presented by Markoff Leinberger consumer law attorneys
Wage theft and overtime violations
are unfortunately fairly common.
Have you been a victim?
One of the most common ways employers cheat
employees out of wages is through denying
overtime pay by:
Refusing to log overtime hours
Failing to pay for all hours worked
Failing to pay time and a half
Improperly measuring overtime eligibility
Splitting hours between different locations
Employers will often round
time on the clock down,
which may not seem like a
lot but adds up. In
addition, employers may
record breaks even if you
worked through them.
Some deductions, such as taxes or social
security, are perfectly legal. However, if
an employer takes other deductions from
your paycheck that you did not agree to
in writing, it is illegal and you may be
owed that money.
Improper Tip Pooling
While tip pooling is legal in
Illinois, tip pools cannot
employees such as cooks
or dishwashers. Employers
and supervisors are also
not eligible to share in tips.
Servers must make at least
minimum wage with the
addition of tips; the
employer must make up
the difference otherwise.
If you quit or are
let go, you are
entitled to be paid
for any unused
Businesses often try to save on costs
by misclassifying employees as
independent contractors, as
independent contractors are not
entitled to benefits or worker's
compensation. However, if your
employer dictates your schedule,
how and where you do your work,
and limits you from working for other
companies at the same time, you
should be considered an employee.
How Can We Help?
Our experienced consumer law attorneys can
help you fight to obtain the wages and
overtime you rightfully deserve, plus
"liquidated damages" that may be equal to
the amount of wages owed.
Contact Markoff Leinberger
Consumer Law Attorneys
Call us at 877-905-5161
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